Police Liability payout record request from Sun Sentinel (Miami Gardens Police Department)

Mario Ariza filed this request with the Miami Gardens Police Department of Miami Gardens, FL.
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Multi Request Police Liability payout record request from Sun Sentinel
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From: Mario Ariza

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Florida Sunshine Law, I hereby request the following records:

I hope this message finds you well. This is a public records request from a member of a media organization, pursuant to Florida Statute 119. In furtherance of an article investigating police misconduct payouts across the county over the past decades, we are seeking documents that show how much your municipal corporation, its legal representatives, or its liability insurance carriers have paid out in civil court since 01/01/2010 because of the actions of its police professionals.

To that end, we kindly request the electronic delivery of an excel spreadsheet with the following information:
- An identifying number for the claim
- The loss date
- An incident indicator description (such as “excessive force, k-9 bite, false arrest/imprisonment, etc.)
- Incurred expenses
- Incurred liability
- Incurred legal expenses
- Paid legal expenses
- Paid total
- Incurred total

This records pull should be interpreted to cover both federal and state court claims. If some of the above figures are not available because of your accounting practices, please endeavor to provide us with as full a picture as possible of the $$$ paid out by your municipality due to lawsuits against its police officers over the past ten years.

Upon request, we can provide a spreadsheet obtained from the BSO that can serve as an example and guide for what we are looking for. Please do feel free to reach out via email or phone should you have any questions.

Very Best
Mario Alejandro Ariza
Federal Courts Reporter
South Florida Sun Sentinel

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days.


Mario Ariza


Thank you for submitting a request for records to City of Miami Gardens

Your request security key is 439813.
Your request reference number is Request Number: PRR-41-2021.

Please have this security key and reference number available when communicating with our staff regarding your request.

In accordance with Chapter 119 of the Florida Statutes, this is to acknowledge our receipt of your Public Records Request.

We are in receipt of your public records request pursuant to Chapter 119 of the Florida Statues. We are diligently working to provide you with a response. All public records request are handled on a first come first serve basis and responded to promptly once the records have been retrieved, reviewed, and redacted if necessary to prevent confidential or exempt information from being disclosed. If there is a cost associated with your request, an estimate will be provided. Payment is due in order to begin processing the request when necessary.

Pursuant to Section §119.07(4)(d), F.S., if the nature or volume of the public records requested to be inspected, examined or copied is such as to require extensive use of information technology resources or extensive clerical or supervisory assistance by personnel, or both, a special service charge in addition to the actual cost of duplication will be assessed, except for law enforcement agencies.

If your request is too broad to identify any particular set of records, a representative may contact you to discuss if it can be revised to be more specific. In addition, Florida’s public records law obligates agencies to provide copies of public records and does not obligate agencies to create records or answer questions.

Your understanding of this process is greatly appreciated. If you require additional information, please contact the Office of the City Clerk at (305) 622-8000.

Thank you!

City of Miami Gardens

Office of the City Clerk

18605 NW 27th Avenue, Miami Gardens, FL 33056

Main: (305) 622-8000 | records@miamigardens-fl.gov


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A fee has been issued for your request for records.

The requested records for PRR-41-2021 have been processed and will be released pending payment of the issued fee.

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From: Miami Gardens Police Department

Dear Mario Alejandro Ariza,

We have processed your request for public information and determined a fee is due. In order to receive your requested documents, please review the invoice and payment options.

You may track your request by visiting the Request Tracking Portal. You will need your Request number (PRR-41-2021) and Security Key (439813) in order to access the request.


City of Miami Gardens

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The request Request Number: PRR-41-2021 has been completed. Please click - Request Number: PRR-41-2021 to access the responsive records.

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Office of the City Clerk City of Miami Gardens

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